News from the Westside: Los Angeles City Council rejected an appeal from neighborhood advocates fighting a bicycle lane on Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista, so now the group plans to sue the city. The group claimed the road diet had caused an increase in traffic. Supporters of the road diet say the bike lane has reduced traffic noise and speeding drivers, making Venice Boulevard more welcoming. I don’t travel in that area very often, but considering Metro Bike Share just expanded into Mar Vista, keeping that bike lane around would probably be helpful to those looking to ride.
And if you’re a resident of the Mar Vista area, you’ve got a new transportation alternative to sitting in traffic starting today. LADOT rolled out their on-demand transportation service pilot program for the Del Rey, Venice, Mar Vista and Palms neighborhoods.
I just ordered one of the new @ladottransit on-demand shuttles now operating on the Westside. I’ll be taking it to the @metrolosangeles Palms station. It looks like you get two free rides just for signing up. @LAist @KPCC pic.twitter.com/jnTKl8Ihov
— Emily Elena Dugdale (she/her) (@eedugdale) March 11, 2019
Up in NorCal, SF Curbed reports Caltrain’s Board of Director’s has approved a proposal to sell naming rights to Caltrain stations and other assets. Long time readers of this blog will know that selling naming rights to stations was something Metro flirted with in the past, but ultimately rejected.
Finally, flying cars vs. underground car tunnels. The article asks which futuristic vision is better, but IMO the future is already here. Helicopters and subways exist, so unless you’re offering me that personalized jetpack, no thanks.
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